Archive for 2010

Auld Lang Syne…

Posted on December 28, 2010

New Year’s Eve is always a dilemma for me. Maybe a little like Valentine’s Day, only worse. If you don’t have a romance in your life, and aren’t a couple, you’re pretty much left out » read more »

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Fly Safe

Posted on December 20, 2010

After the tragedy of 9/11, someone said to me that travel would never be the same in this country again. It seemed an odd thing to say, when the real focus was on so many lives lost, and such a shocking betrayal and attack on our own turf. I suppose the people who experienced Pearl Harbour felt the same way. Other than those two events, I can’t think of any other attacks on American soil, by people from a foreign country. And yes, things have changed since. Like any terrible event, once you know it can happen, life is forever changed. » read more »

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The Relationship You Have…..

Posted on December 13, 2010

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a very wise and dear friend said to me that the relationship you have with someone is the one you HAVE, not the one you wish you had, would like to build, hope to have one day, but the one you have RIGHT NOW. I think many » read more »

Expecting A Different Result

Posted on December 6, 2010

If it sounds like I’m complaining all the time, I apologize, but writing to you gives me the chance to talk about the things I care about, that hurt me, or I wish for, or I’ve learned, (or wish I hadn’t). None of us are exempt from life’s lessons, and talking about them somehow puts them into sharper focus and perspective. » read more »

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YES or NO? Or maybe…

Posted on November 29, 2010

This is a big subject for me, and one I care about a lot. Clarity. Easy to say, but not always easy to deliver, and offerred less often than one would like. As I’ve told you before, I dont make New Year’s resolutions. I hate breaking promises, even to myself. When I promise to do something, I want to be as close to certain as I can be that I will do it. Things can change, new circumstances can arise, entirely unexpected and unforeseen, that can change one’s ability to deliver (like a high fever or an illness preventing you from meeting a friend, even if you promised). But generally, » read more »

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Giving Thanks

Posted on November 23, 2010

As you all know, I talk a lot about gratitude, and how important I think it is. And I love knowing that there is a holiday dedicated to that idea. I know, it’s about family and food, and sharing a good meal with friends, and we all fret and stress about who’s doing the cooking, do we have enough, is the turkey too dry and who will carve it, and we groan over the one guest someone invited that no one likes (but maybe really needed a place to go). Squabbles break out, children show up in ridiculous outfits, » read more »

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The Writing Continues

Posted on November 15, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Just a short break to say hello and let you know how much I look forward to getting back to blogging!  I’m still writing, but will have another post next Monday.  Until then…



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Posted on November 10, 2010

Hi Everyone!

I’ll be busy writing for the next couple weeks so I won’t be posting a new blog for a little while.  Until then…

Love, Danielle

Fun Cuisine (As opposed to Fine Dining, and Fine Cuisine)

Posted on November 3, 2010

For many years, I fed my family the kind of things mothers do: lamb chops, chicken, hamburgers, steak, pasta, good solid, family food. I loved to bake when I had time to do it—-and no one would have accused me of being a fabulous chef (Julia Child was not shaking in her boots, terrified of any threat from me), and my kids seemed to like what I cooked——–long before that, when I was first married, I will admit there were a few awkward moments before I learned to cook. Notably, I didn’t know you were supposed to cook/boil artichokes, » read more »

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Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 25, 2010

After a glorious September in San Francisco (following a freezing summer, the coldest in years), instead of a few golden days of Indian summer, we had weeks of it, and I lay in the sun like a lizard soaking up the last rays of sun (even though it’s no longer p.c., I always feel better with a tan, at least in the summer months, and am city pale the rest of the year)—-I trotted through New York in October (and appeared on the CBS Early Show for my new book “Legacy”), and it was just the beginning of fall in New York. And from there I went to Paris, and found myself smack dab » read more »

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